Texas Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Sir Goony Golf Dinosaur
Dallas, TX


This former Sir Goony Golf Dinosaur has stood in front of different used car dealerships since at least 2007 and been repainted several times. By 2012, the statue was blue and white. By 2015, the statue had been painted its current colors of green and yellow. I assume that there was originally a Goony Golf course here originally rather than the possibility that the statue was moved here. For examples of these dinosaurs at Goony Golf courses, see this page. [map]

Cascade Caverns
Boerne, TX


This dinosaur at Cascade Caverns is meant to represent a Tyrannosaurus Rex. "Rex the Dino" was created as a prop for the 1993 movie "Father Hood" which was filmed at Cascade Caverns. This dinosaur was made from styrofoam and plaster. After the filming, the statue remained on-site. It was restored in 2009. A fence was placed around the statue sometime in or after 2016. [map]

Grendel the Dinosaur [gone]
San Antonio, TX
Grendel the Dinosaur posed at the entrance of Natural Bridge Caverns which has cave formations and a wildlife ranch. Grendel kept a watchful eye over her shoulder at her two offspring (one just hatching from an egg) and tourists posing on her back. There was a staircase behind her creating this opportunity. Natural Bridge Caverns was discovered in 1960 and was turned into a tourist attraction in 1964. I assume these dinosaurs were built around then. The dinosaurs were removed in 2017. It's not known if they were being repaired or if they are gone for good. They were not there in 2018. For more, see this website.

Wharton, TX
This fiberglass Brontosaurus was built in 1992. The statue is 20 feet tall and 77 feet long. It is installed in a small park near the Colorado River. It looks like the dinosaur's eyes might be lit up at night. [map]

Alley Oop Fantasy Land
Iraan, TX
Alley Oop Fantasy Land, or more officially the Alley Oop Museum & Fantasy Land Park, opened in 1965. The park was dedicated to V.T. Hamlin, the creator of the Alley Oop comic strip, who lived in town. Dinny was Alley Oop's pet stegosaurus and is represented here as a 65 feet long, 16 feet tall statue. The metal bust of Oop is 20 feet tall. There was once a slide from his cigar through his head, and another along his shoulder. I didn't notice either when I was there so possibly they have been phased out. Dinny and Alley Oop had been recently restored when these photos were taken in 2008. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The Dinosaur Park
Cedar Creek, TX
The Dinosaur Park opened around 2004 and features several life-sized dinosaurs along a trail. There is also a great gift shop and fun activities for kids. For more, see this website.

Grand Prairie, TX
The Grand Prairie Dinosaurs are installed in front of Ripley's Believe It or Not. There is another one at their San Francisco, CA location. I believe these three were created by Larry Godwin who has created many sculptures car bumpers such as this Rooster. These dinosaurs were originally located in Dallas, TX at Fair Park's Museum of Natural History. The exhibit was known as Chromassic Park. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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